Sunday, July 16, 2006

Empty Churches

Everybody loves Abp. Ranjinth, but this line in a recent CWNews article discloses the modernist line of thinking which has been repeated on EWTN and elsewhere by his boss Cardinal Arinze...

Every day, the archbishop disclosed, the Congregation for Divine Worship receives new complaints about serious liturgical abuses, and complaints that local bishops have failed to correct them. If the Church fails to curb these abuses, he said, "people will attend the Tridentine Mass, and our churches will be empty." Liturgical guidelines are set forth clearly, he observed, in the Roman Missal and in Church documents. Now "some discipline is necessary regarding what we do at the altar."
The "ours" language (the the "theirs" implication) is revealing.

Um, they aren't celebrating the Tridentine Mass in fields, folks! This isn't suffering Ireland.

ow, if people will attend the Trindentine Mass, and if a bishop provides for it in many of the churches of his diocese, "our churches" won't be empty. If people will attend the Trindentine Mass, and if a bishop forbids it in any of the churches of his diocese, "our churches" will be empty.

Hmm. Seems like we ought to........naw!

Hat tip to Athanasius, without whom I wouldn't have bothered to read this article, having grown weary of hearing the promise of a reform of the reform time and again.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Your reading is a fair one. WHen I saw this quote, I took him to mean that liturgical abuse will empty those churches where the TLM is not offered.

I will admit that my reading is more strained than yours. But I just have not the stomach to let myself read it the way you do.